Barrie Rickards was a fisherman, biographer and, most pertinently in this context, a teacher of geology and palaeontology. As a fisherman, especially of pike, he was almost legendary, writing many books on the subject including some regarded as classics within the angling community. As a teacher of geology and palaeontology, he was known for his inspirational qualities in the field (and could, almost to the end, outpace his young protégés across hill and valley). In the narrower world of palaeontology, he was one of the world's leading researchers on those graceful, useful, but equally bizarre and baffling fossils, the graptolites....

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